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This tender, hopeful story is reminiscent of the classic Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. A tale of a boy who creates an urban garden, The Curious Garden is the perfect book for brightening up the drab winter.
Recommended by Karen, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Fans of Miss Rumphius will adore this gorgeous picture book which introduces the kind, nature-loving Miss Maple, who celebrates the miracle in each seed.

Miss Maple gathers lost seeds that havent yet found a place to sprout. She takes them on field trips to explore places to grow. In her cozy maple tree house, she nurtures them; keeping them safe and warm until it's time for them to find roots of their own, and grow into the magnificent plants theyre destined to become.

Eliza Wheelers luminous paintings feature gorgeous landscapes, lush foliage and charming details. Her tender story celebrates the potential found in each seed—since even the grandest tree and most brilliant flower had to grow from the smallest of seeds.

Celebrate every season with Miss Maple, from Earth Day to graduations to harvest festivals.  

 

Review:

"Brown's (Chowder) latest is a quiet but stirring fable of urban renewal, sure to capture imaginations. In exploring his bleak city neighborhood, thoughtful Liam — in Brown's warm, almost fuzzy acrylic spreads, he looks a little like a friendly, redheaded wooden puppet — notices that some flowering plants have appeared on an old elevated railway track. He teaches himself to care for them ('The flowers nearly drowned and he had a few pruning problems, but the plants patiently waited while Liam found better ways of gardening'), and the garden responds by 'growing restless. It wanted to explore.' In one of several wordless spreads, Liam stands against a bright blue sky, surrounded by a thick patch of daisies. Spring brings a burst of new energy: 'the tough little weeds and mosses set out first. They popped up farther and farther from the railway.... but the most surprising things that popped up were the new gardeners.' In Brown's utopian vision, the urban and the pastoral mingle to joyfully harmonious effect — especially on the final pages, which show a city filled with rooftop gardens, fantastic topiaries, windmills and sparkling ponds. Ages 3 — 6." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Brown presents an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. Red-headed Liam can also be spotted on every page, adding a seek-and-find element to this picture book. Full color.

Synopsis:

Claire, a glasswing butterfly whose transparent wings reflect her lush home, finds herself lost in the city after being separated from her family. She doesnt know how they will ever see her, but she finds new city friends, a pigeon, an ant, and a ladybug, who search for the flowers Claire needs to live. They come upon a tiny urban garden, and as Claire drinks from the flowers nectar, she pollinates more flowers. Soon the garden—and Claire's clear wings—fill with color, allowing her family to recognize her at last. Together they create an oasis for all to enjoy.  Facts about glasswing butterflies and pollination complete this beautiful and educational picture book. Klevens latest offering is as colorful and delicate as a butterflys wings—a treasure that can be cherished for years.

Synopsis:

Fans of Miss Rumphius will adore this gorgeous picture book which introduces the kind, nature-loving Miss Maple, who celebrates the miracle in each seed.

Miss Maple gathers lost seeds that havent yet found a place to sprout. She takes them on field trips to explore places to grow. In her cozy maple tree house, she nurtures them; keeping them safe and warm until it's time for them to find roots of their own, and grow into the magnificent plants theyre destined to become.

Eliza Wheelers luminous paintings feature gorgeous landscapes, lush foliage and charming details. Her tender story celebrates the potential found in each seed—since even the grandest tree and most brilliant flower had to grow from the smallest of seeds.

Celebrate every season with Miss Maple, from Earth Day to graduations to harvest festivals.  

 

About the Author

Eliza Wheeler (www.wheelerstudio.com) grew up in northern Wisconsin in a family of teachers, musicians, and artists. Some of the strongest influences on her creativity have been the wild Wisconsin seasons, canoeing the Brule River, picking blueberries with her grandmother, and digging through the snow with her brothers. She received the SCBWI Los Angeles International Conference Portfolio Grand Prize for her artwork, and Miss Maple’s Seeds is her first picture book. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Kim Griswell, September 14, 2009 (view all comments by Kim Griswell)
Portland isn't the only city going green! New York City has been busy transforming an old raised railroad into a green trail that runs along the west side of Manhattan. Inspired by NYC's just-opened High Line Park Above the City, The Curious Gardener shows what a single urban kid can do to transform drab into dramatic, grungy into green. A must-buy for urban parents who want to empower their kids to see green possibilities all around.
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Emma Peabody, September 6, 2009 (view all comments by Emma Peabody)
The Curious Garden is a beautiful story of a kid named Liam and what happens when he finds "a lonely patch of color" in a quite bleak city.

Liam's earnest, quietly confident determination is just right and this is a great book for kids and adults alike.

There's an inspiring, practical message here and absolutely no preachiness. Wonderful illustrations tie it all together.

You'll love it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316015479
Author:
Brown, Peter
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Author:
Wheele
Author:
Wheeler, Eliza
Author:
Kleven, Elisa
Author:
r, Eliza
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - Environment
Subject:
Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - Weather
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - Gardening
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Environmental Fiction
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World
Subject:
Animals - Insects Spiders etc.
Subject:
Fables; Neighbors; City life; Gardeners
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20090401
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to K
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11.30x8.82x.40 in. .89 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
02-05

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Product details 40 pages Little, Brown Young Readers - English 9780316015479 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This tender, hopeful story is reminiscent of the classic Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. A tale of a boy who creates an urban garden, The Curious Garden is the perfect book for brightening up the drab winter.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Brown's (Chowder) latest is a quiet but stirring fable of urban renewal, sure to capture imaginations. In exploring his bleak city neighborhood, thoughtful Liam — in Brown's warm, almost fuzzy acrylic spreads, he looks a little like a friendly, redheaded wooden puppet — notices that some flowering plants have appeared on an old elevated railway track. He teaches himself to care for them ('The flowers nearly drowned and he had a few pruning problems, but the plants patiently waited while Liam found better ways of gardening'), and the garden responds by 'growing restless. It wanted to explore.' In one of several wordless spreads, Liam stands against a bright blue sky, surrounded by a thick patch of daisies. Spring brings a burst of new energy: 'the tough little weeds and mosses set out first. They popped up farther and farther from the railway.... but the most surprising things that popped up were the new gardeners.' In Brown's utopian vision, the urban and the pastoral mingle to joyfully harmonious effect — especially on the final pages, which show a city filled with rooftop gardens, fantastic topiaries, windmills and sparkling ponds. Ages 3 — 6." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Brown presents an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. Red-headed Liam can also be spotted on every page, adding a seek-and-find element to this picture book. Full color.
"Synopsis" by ,
Claire, a glasswing butterfly whose transparent wings reflect her lush home, finds herself lost in the city after being separated from her family. She doesnt know how they will ever see her, but she finds new city friends, a pigeon, an ant, and a ladybug, who search for the flowers Claire needs to live. They come upon a tiny urban garden, and as Claire drinks from the flowers nectar, she pollinates more flowers. Soon the garden—and Claire's clear wings—fill with color, allowing her family to recognize her at last. Together they create an oasis for all to enjoy.  Facts about glasswing butterflies and pollination complete this beautiful and educational picture book. Klevens latest offering is as colorful and delicate as a butterflys wings—a treasure that can be cherished for years.
"Synopsis" by ,

Fans of Miss Rumphius will adore this gorgeous picture book which introduces the kind, nature-loving Miss Maple, who celebrates the miracle in each seed.

Miss Maple gathers lost seeds that havent yet found a place to sprout. She takes them on field trips to explore places to grow. In her cozy maple tree house, she nurtures them; keeping them safe and warm until it's time for them to find roots of their own, and grow into the magnificent plants theyre destined to become.

Eliza Wheelers luminous paintings feature gorgeous landscapes, lush foliage and charming details. Her tender story celebrates the potential found in each seed—since even the grandest tree and most brilliant flower had to grow from the smallest of seeds.

Celebrate every season with Miss Maple, from Earth Day to graduations to harvest festivals.  

 

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